Being self employed it can be easy to let things happen: good things, major things, projects completed well- and not celebrate them. Great, that’s finished, now I need to get on with all these other things that I haven’t done while I was getting that project to completion.
This isn’t good.
If we were working in a company the chances are that the team would celebrate when the project was finished. There would be a little downtime after that last big push.
Sometimes freelancing can feel like we are always on the go, juggling multiple clients and projects. There isn’t time to stop and celebrate. And that is wrong.
When I finished and launched my Guide for Freelancers I didn’t celebrate. It has taken two years to evolve from the original series of blog posts into an ebook and I had to figure out a lot of things along the way – setting up a shop which complied with EU VAT regulations, how to format a book into Kindle etc etc.
But I sent out the blog post and just carried on working like it wasn’t a big deal. It was a big deal, I had written my first book! I had overcome the fear enough to do it. After a couple of weeks I felt a sadness creeping up on me. After some time journalling and analysing I realised it was because I had just put it live like any other blog post and carried on regardless. A bit of me was screaming for recognition. I talked to my husband and we went out for a meal and he raised a toast to me. I felt good, happy and proud of myself for my hard work.
You could see this as being completely self involved, but really I needed that pat on the back. A time out from the everyday work to say, YES, I have done this and I deserve recognition.
The sadness passed and I was then able to get on with my next creative project.
What about you – is there anything that you haven’t celebrated that you should do? Do you celebrate your achievements?